BGCSC Opens New Club in Brewster, WA

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is pleased to announce the opening of a new Club in Brewster, WA. A meet and greet will take place on March 20, and doors will open on March 23. The Club will be located at 601 West Cliff Avenue in Brewster, next to the City Pool. Facilities include a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and game center. Power Hour, Triple Play, High Yield Learning, Torch Club, and healthy snacks will be available in the afternoons to all members. A variety of summer day camps will be offered. The Brewster Club will provide after-school enrichment programs from 2:50pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, and 11:00am to 6:00pm on non-school days. The Club will be closed weekends.

“Opening the Club in Brewster is such a positive addition to this community,” remarked April Ashworth, Brewster Club Unit Director. “We are so fortunate to have the backing and sponsors to bring this Club to our town. This is a great opportunity for our kids!”

The hallmark of Boys & Girls Clubs is to help young people ages 5-18 to achieve academic success, live healthy and active lifestyles, and develop good character and leadership skills. The Clubs offer kids a safe and positive place to spend their time before and after school and during the summer.

Jon Wyss, Government Affairs for Gebbers Farms, commented “After four years of hard work to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Brewster, and in the wake of the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, the opening of the Club gives a ray of sunshine and hope for recovery. The Club will provide kids throughout the area with a safe place to grow, play, and learn.”

Memberships will be accepted for the new Club beginning Monday, February 23. Club memberships are $30 annually, and scholarships are available. Forms are available at the Brewster schools, which can be returned with payment to the Brewster Elementary or High School offices. Forms can also be mailed to PO Box 2054, Brewster, WA. 98812. For more information, please call the Brewster Boys & Girls Club at (509) 689-1192.

Interest in the Boys & Girls Club began with Badges for Baseball clinics organized in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and local law enforcement teaching kids about making good choices.

A formal ribbon cutting/dedication will be announced at a later date.

2014 Youth of the Year Winner Announced

Selected from 18 outstanding local youth from Snohomish, Island, and Kitsap Counties, Erika R. Aguilar of Oak Harbor was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County 2014 YOUTH OF THE YEAR at an Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 29 at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Erika had already been named the Oak Harbor Club Youth of the Year. Although Oak Harbor is in Island County, the Club is one of 19 under the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) umbrella. Erika was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Erika 2x3The Youth of the Year program begins at the Club level as each BGCSC Club selects their Youth of the Month. A finalist from each Club competes to become the BGCSC Youth of the Year. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can obtain. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are living proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club.

“Erika started off as a Club member in 6th grade. She has grown from someone who was very isolated, to a staff member who works with and interacts with all youth in our Club. She coordinates our kindergarten program, and volunteers countless hours at the Club,” said Nikki Barone, Unit Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor.

Erika expressed that as a youngster she was anti-social and angry at everything and everyone. Getting involved at the Club and having Club staff on her side helped her make friends and overcome her negative attitude. She struggled academically, and entered middle school with a third grade reading level. However, she was able to defeat her academic struggles because of Club staff help and tutoring during the Club’s Power Hour program. Erika indicated that the Club has shown her the importance of staying focused on her education so she could have a better future.

“Erika is a great example to our Club kids as someone who has utilized all of the Club’s resources to point her in the direction she wants to go in life,” shared Nikki. “She is a very motivated young woman, self-driven to succeed in school and life. She believes her education has been very important to her success. Erika attended Oak Harbor High School, graduating ahead of schedule with Honors and a 3.65 GPA. She currently attends Skagit Valley Community College, pursuing a Medical Assistant degree.”

Erika will go on to compete at the Washington State level against Youths of the Year from Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. Winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and the opportunity to meet and be recognized by the President of the United States.

BGCSC-2014-YOY-Candidates

A complete list of the BGCSC 2014 Youth of the Year Candidates are as follows:

Abdalah Badjan (Alderwood Club); Joe Zak (Arlington Club); Samuel Agyei (Cascade Club); Raechel Kundert (Coupeville Club); Jacquelyn Lovelace (Edmonds Club); Rhiann Flores (Everett Club); McKayla Olson (Granite Falls Club); Katelyn Hall (Lake Stevens Club); Madison Brewer (Marysville Club); Kayla Steltz (Monroe Club); Trevor Gray (Mukilteo Club); Ben Pirtle (North Kitsap Club); Erika R. Aguilar (Oak Harbor Club); Meghan Boob (Snohomish Club); Alexis Alamillo (S. Everett/Mukilteo Club); Joseph Schmidt (Sultan Club); Ocean Holscher (Trailside Club); Angelica Trinidad (Tulalip Club)

Judges for the event were Terry Ackley, Tania Halladay, Dominic Ivankovich, Noni LaLone, Bill Rucker, and Preston Simmons.

Everett Club Hosts Baseball Camp and Pro Day

BGCSC Everett Baseball Camp Group Photo 011915 Photo Credit Ed GayThe Everett Boys & Girls Club hosted a Baseball Camp and Pro Day on Monday, January 19 at the Club’s Gaffney Field. 180 kids from Snohomish County participated, drawing from many of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s (BGCSC) 19 Clubs, as well as youth from the Seattle Tides and Stilly Valley Little League. During the camp, participants had the opportunity to run through a series of nine stations that included hitting, pitching, speed/agility and defense. Each station was led by professional baseball players and volunteers; the adults mentored the youth on Healthy Life Choices, including the importance of getting good grades, believing in oneself, being confident and good sportsmanship. At the conclusion of the event, participants left with giveaways including MLBPA trading cards, signed bats and balls from the local pro players.

Local Boys & Girls Club alum and pro ball player Travis Snider coordinated the event and recruited fellow players to volunteer. This is the first major BGCSC event to take place at Gaffney Field since the groundbreaking for the updated field took place on October 2, 2014. The field now includes astroturf, a new scoreboard, fencing, dugouts, and seating. The renovations were made through partnership with Everett Community College, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. The Everett Community College women’s softball team uses the Club field.

“What an amazing gift these guys are giving to these kids,” commented Mike McGinnis, Everett Club Director. “Many of these pro ball players helping today were Club members themselves and it is inspiring to see them giving back in this way.”

Professional baseball players and other key people who volunteered at the camp include:

Travis Snider (Pittsburgh Pirates MLB–OF, Jackson High School); Brent Lilibridge (7 Year MLB veteran–INF/OF, Jackson High School [Free Agent]); Steven Souza (Tampa Bay Rays MLB–OF, Cascade High School); James Robbins (Detroit Tigers MILB–1B, Shorecrest High School); Geoff Brown (LA Dodgers MILB–LHP, Jackson High School); Pierce Rankin (Toronto Blue Jays MILB–C, Shorecrest High School); Kawika Emsley-Pai (Pittsburgh Pirates MILB–C, Jackson High School); Mitch Canham (8 Year MILB Veteran–C, Lake Stevens High School [Free Agent]); Josh Kimborowicz (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Jackson/Mt. Si High School); Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Shorewood High School); Connor Oliver (Atlanta Braves MILB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Kirk Nieuwenhuis (New York Mets MLB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Dylan Davis (San Francisco Giants–OF/DH, Redmond High School); Matt Boyd (Cincinnati Reds–P, Mercer Island); Jeff Millet (Northcore Performance Training, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Professional and High School Athletes, Personal Trainer); Kirk Nicholson (Jackson High School Head Baseball Coach); Denne Snider (Father of Travis Snider and former Everett Boys & Girls Club Coach and Mill Creek Little League President); Curt Nelson (EVCC Assistant Baseball Coach).

The Everett Clinic Foundation Feeds Kids throughout the County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) received a $20,000 grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation to execute the Kids Café program across the county. Through Kids Café, the Clubs provide healthy, filling, hot snacks and meals to kids after school. Many of the kids who participate in Kids Café would not have an afternoon snack or dinner without the Clubs. With the assistance of The Everett Clinic Foundation, BGCSC anticipates serving nearly 413,000 snacks and meals to hungry kids across the county this year.